Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trials HD | Review

Synopsis: Trials HD is the recent Xbox Live Summer of arcade title that greatly expands on RedLynx’s previous independent title, Trials. Trials HD is a motorcycle stunt/racing game with a large emphasis on physics. The title included 50 tracks with race and skill modes where the player needs to get to the end of the track in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of crashing and mini games that emphasize different skills. Your friends list is also incorporated in game to show how you fare against them on the track currently being played. To add to the varying tracks, Trials HD features rider customization, unlockable bikes which handle differently, global statistics, level editor, and amazing graphics.

Praise: Trials is a clean, addicting game, which is extremely easy to pick up for a short amount of time or for hours on end if you’re not careful. The graphics rival those of a retail game, while the lacks of load times add to the appeal of sometimes having to restart a level every 15 to 20 seconds. Even though the physics engine can be rather unforgiving at times, it adds to the replay value of levels along with trying to go back and improve times with new cycles for higher medals and to move up on the leaderboards. Wrecks are also just as satisfying as completing the level as they are realistic and the rider’s entire body takes damage such a broken bones and joints.

Gripes: The physics engine that makes the game is probably the only short coming. The reason being is that when you get a new bike you are not familiar with or land a jump with just a little too much throttle, you have to restart the level or go back the previous checkpoint and lose your potential medal for completion. The ability to only download levels from your friends is disappointing, because let’s face it, a lot of your friends may not be into this title or are just not all that creative.

Overall, Trials HD is easily worth the fifteen dollar price tag it totes. From the looks, to the controls, and the design of the levels, this is a title that will not get old for a while. It is unfortunate that it released a week before Shadow Complex, but with an addicting demo and a full game offering many tracks and mini games, you will not be disappointed to spend more than the typical ten dollars for this addition to the XBLA library. gives Trials HD a 9 out of 10.

Trials HD is available now for the Xbox 360.

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